Experts update guidelines for cholesterol medicines

Year after year, members of the U.S. public rate childhood obesity as the top health concern for kids in the annual NPCH Report of the top 10 health concerns for children. In this year’s top 10 report, 38% of adults across the country called childhood obesity a “big problem”. Obesity is a pressing health concern because it can lead to many serious health complications – including diabetes and heart disease.

In an effort to reduce serious health complications like heart attacks, experts from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new guidelines this week about the treatment of high cholesterol with medication. Under the new guidelines, people at high risk (those with very high cholesterol levels or those with heart disease or diabetes) should be prescribed statins to reduce their cholesterol. Others should work on lifestyle changes to reduce their cholesterol on their own. Read more about the new guidelines here: Experts Reshape Treatment Guide for Cholesterol.

One of the best lifestyle changes people can make to reduce their risk for heart attack and diabetes is to be more active and lose weight. Adults in the NPCH top 10 report likely rate childhood obesity as a top concern each year because they’re aware that obesity in childhood can lead to years and years of struggling as an adult. In fact, obesity rated higher than other serious health concerns like drug abuse, smoking, and bullying. Here’s the full list:

Top 10 U.S. Children's Health Concerns
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In this short video, Dr. Matt Davis – NPCH Director and primary care physician – discusses the top concerns for kids in the U.S.

Do you think that updating the guidelines for cholesterol medication will help solve some of the problems related to obesity? What lifestyle changes have you made to help you and you children reduce your risks?